Saint John – Day 5 (Wednesday)

With slim hopes of making the playoffs fast disappearing, the last thing Scotland wanted was to face any of the fancied teams at the 2014 World Women’s Curling Championship.

On Wednesday they had to confront two of them in the form of Switzerland and Sweden.

As you can see from the photo above Hannah Fleming has now made her debut at a World Championship – she came on after the fifth-end break against the Swiss in place of Rachael Simms.

I would strongly suggest that this is not the last World Women’s that we see Hannah participate in.

Anyway, back to Wednesday’s action and first up for Scotland was Binia Feltscher’s Swiss team.

Switzerland were on the front foot from the very beginning and had established a 3-0 lead by the second end. Some singles in reply from the Scots kept it close but the real killer came in the fifth end when Switzerland scored a five to take an 8-2 lead into the break. Twos were traded after the restart but when Scotland could only score a single in eight handshakes were offered. This result, coupled with China’s defeat of Denmark meant that Scotland were now unable to claim a playoff spot.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7  8  9 10 Total
SUI* 2 1 0 0 5 0 2 0 X X 10
0 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 X X 5

Wednesday’s early results:

Canada 7-5 Germany
China 9-3 Denmark
USA 7-6 Czech Republic (EE)
Switzerland 10-5 Scotland

With qualification for the playoffs now beyond them, Scotland went into the game against Margaretha Sigfridsson’s Sweden with nothing to lose and they took the Olympic silver medallists all the way – it was good to see a tight game again after some big defeats.

Hannah started this game in place of Rachael Simms and the game began well with the Scots taking a two with the hammer but they immediately conceded a three. Scotland responded well with another two and with the Swedes only taking one in the fourth end the score at the break was level at 4-4.

A steal in the sixth was cancelled out by a single from Scotland in seven but when Sweden took a two in the eighth and Scotland could only reply with a single in nine Kerry and her team were heading down the last end a shot down and without the hammer. Some good build up play from the whole team, however, meant that Maria Prytz (last stone player for Sweden) was left with a pressure shot which was ultimately too heavy and it went to an extra end.

Sadly, after coming so far, Kerry’s last shot in the extra was long leaving Sweden shot without having to play their last stone.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7  8  9 10   11    Total
SCO* 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0        7
0 3 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 1        8

Wednesday’s late results:

Scotland 7-8 Sweden (EE)
Czech Republic 10-2 Latvia
Russia 7-4 Denmark
Canada 10-3 Korea

China 2-10 Russia
Germany 4-9 Korea
Sweden 3-5 Switzerland
USA 7-3 Latvia

Standings after Day 5 (W-L)
8-1 Canada, Switzerland
7-2 Russia, Sweden
6-3 China, Korea
5-4 USA
2-7 Czech Republic, Scotland
1-8 Denmark, Germany, Latvia

So Scotland bow out of this year’s Women’s Worlds after a brave effort against some of the best teams in the world and they can be very proud of running Olympic medallists and the like very close in several games.

No real surprises about the teams at the top and Thursday’s play proved interesting as teams were not only looking to secure a playoff berth but also a spot in the coveted 1v2 game – with Russia v. Switzerland and Canada v. Sweden on Day 6 the stakes could not have been higher.

Big end of the day on Wednesday was that five that the Swiss scored against Scotland.

You can find out how the final round-robin scores went on the official event website here and remember that you can watch select live games here.

Photo is © CCA/Michael Burns 2014